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Author, photographer to exhibit at Heritage Center

DUNCAN  An exhibition of Nathan Brown's journals and photographs will begin the 2018 year at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway. A public reception to meet the author is set 2-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Brown, who has published 16 books, isn't new to the Heritage Center. In May 2012 he exhibited his photography and few books he's written. This time, he introduces a few of his personal journals and many of his poems will be on display through Feb. 27.

Although his mother, Norma Brown  who is an accomplished artist  will not be at the reception, her paintings will be prominent in the exhibit, according to Nathan Brown. 

"She lives in Norman and has painted impressionistic art, mostly oils and acrylics, for several decades," he said. "She's best known for her work in Cornwall, England, and Carmel, California. Throughout the years, she's been featured and sold in galleries all over Texas and Oklahoma, as well as in Santa Fe and Carmel."

If anyone should ask, Brown always has some of his books with him and is also approachable for autographs. Originally from Norman, he lives in Wimberly, Texas, now. He frequently travels to Oklahoma for teaching and performances. He also has several family members who live in Cyril and many of his photographs are from that community.

Brown was Oklahoma poet laureate in 2013-14. He also is the creative writing instructor for the Heritage Center's program, Saddle Up & Write, designed for area sixth-grade students.

"I have come to enjoy Duncan very much," Brown said. "The sixth-graders continue to amaze me every year. I see their eyes light up in the discovery of what writing can do and mean in their lives. And all the while, I am so often shocked at the quality of their work. It seems to be the perfect age to discover a creative self."

Saddle Up & Write was originally introduced as Creative Writing  Writing in Response to Art in the 2010-11 academic year. Brown has been instructor for the program since its inception. In its fifth year, the name of the program was changed to reflect the theme of the Heritage Center, but the program has stayed the same.

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